The coroner certifying the death of BB King has stated that there is no immediate evidence that the musician was poisoned, following claims by King’s family.
The blues legend passed away in his sleep aged 89 on May 14 and will be buried in his hometown of Indianola, Mississippi on May 30. King’s daughters Karen Williams and Patty King recently alleged that his business manager LaVerne Toney prevented family members from visiting, as well as claiming that Toney and his personal assistant Myron Johnson hastened their father’s death.
“I believe my father was poisoned and that he was administered foreign substances,” Patty King and Williams said in affidavits provided to The Associated Press by their lawyer, Larissa Drohobyczer. “I believe my father was murdered,” they both added.
However, with the Clark County coroner’s office in Nevada are investigating these claims, coroner John Fudenberg has claimed that there’s no current evidence to support the allegations. “At this point, we don’t have evidence that these allegations of foul play will be substantiated,” said Fudenberg in a press statement. “However, we are taking them very seriously and will be conducting a thorough investigation.”
Police added that they would not be pursuing a homicide investigation until they receive the full results of King’s autopsy. “Until such time as the Clark County Coroner determines Mr King’s death to be from other than natural causes, the Las Vegas metropolitan police department is NOT moving forward with any investigation,” the police public information office told The Guardian.
The Rolling Stones paid tribute to King during a Twitter Q&A with fans earlier this month (May 18). Jagger and co held their first-ever Q&A on the social networking site ahead next month’s re-release of their ‘Sticky Fingers’ LP. They were asked by fans for their memories of King.
“I was just looking at a picture of me and BB backstage at Madison Square Garden [in 1969],” Jagger told fans. “He played with us at a lot of gigs on that tour. We last played with him in a blues concert at the White House. It’s sad. He had such a huge, long career. It’s sad that we won’t be listening to him live anymore.”
Keith Richards finished by describing King as “one of the greats”, continuing, “BB was a great guy. He was one of the true gentlemen, and I shall miss him a lot. At least we have his records. Farewell, BB.”